The Kansas City Missouri Temple will be dedicated May 6, 2012! This is the first LDS Temple to be completed in the area. The history of the LDS church in the area is quite a story. In the 1830’s there were the “Mormon Wars”. The early LDS were first driven out of Independence, Missouri (1832) under harsh conditions and then later from Far West in Caldwell County Missouri during the winter of 1838-39 under extremely terrible conditions. The Prophet Joseph Smith was imprisoned in jail in Liberty, Missouri not far from the new temple site. Two temples were announced in the early days of the church; one in Independence, Missouri and one in Far West, Missouri (pictures of current Far West, Missouri). They were never built. The Kansas City Star newspaper has an article today about the dedication of the new temple.